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Rep. Graves, House Sends VA Accountability Bill to President’s Desk

Washington, June 13, 2017 - Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094), sending it to the president’s desk.

“Our veterans made countless sacrifices serving our nation and protecting our freedom,” said Rep. Graves. “They deserve the best possible care we can provide. This legislation will help improve services and care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by empowering the Trump administration to get the bad apples out so the good employees can do their jobs.

“While this doesn’t fix every problem at the VA, it’s a big step in the right direction. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the administration to continue addressing the issues at the VA. Our veterans and their families deserve nothing less.”

Specifically, H.R. 1259 increases accountability at the VA by making it easier for the VA Secretary to punish or fire bad employees. It also improves whistleblower protections so employees who witness misconduct can report it without fearing retaliation.

In March, the House passed the VA Accountability First Act (H.R. 1259). S. 1094 resolves the differences between the House bill and the Senate’s version. The bill is now sent to President Trump’s desk for his signature.


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